The High Court has approved an interim settlement of €2m for a ten-year-old boy who was brain injured at birth.

The court was told that Lee Gibson from Ringaskiddy in Cork suffered a number of injuries to his brain due to a lack of oxygen and the effect of an untreated infection.

He now has cerebral palsy.

It was claimed his injuries were the result of negligence in the treatment of his mother and the circumstances of his birth at St Finbarr's Hospital, and at Erinville Hospital in Cork in July 2005.

His mother told the court it was her firm belief that her son would not have suffered a brain injury if he had been delivered earlier.

Today's settlement was made without admission of liability.

Lawyers for the boy told the High Court it was one of the most complex cases to come through the courts with a number of different factors contributing to his condition.

They said it was only through the "dogged approach taken by his solicitors that he case came to fruition".

In court Lee Gibson "thank you" to the judge after the settlement was approved by the court.

His mother Aileen said she had seen her son make great progress in his school and was learning to communicate.

She said touch-screen technology was the way forward for her son.

She said he was a big fan of television and his favourite programme was "Mrs Brown's Boys".

The money from today's interim award will go towards the cost of his past and future care and will be used to purchase a site on which to build a home for him.

Mr Justice Kevin Cross said it was clear that Lee had great support and back up from his mother, aunts and grandmother and that he would go from strength to strength and "may even star in Mrs Brown's boys".

He congratulated the boy's mother and family for the progress Lee had made and said he had no doubt he would become a "stunning member of the community in Ringaskiddy".

He also commended the family solicitor, Susie Elliot, and said "sometimes people criticise litigation as a means of achieving justice", but said sometimes it is the only way to achieve it.

The case was adjourned to November 2017 when a further assessment of damages to cover the cost of his care into the future will be carried out.